by Stephen Whitney

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Faith Inspires (9 of 10)
Series: Hebrews 11
Stephen Whitney
Hebrews 11:32-34

Ordinary people sometimes do extra ordinary things because of their circumstances or out of fear or to protect themselves. Sometimes we hear about what they did on the evening news or on an a television show such as ABC's 20/20.

The Bible is filled with stories of ordinary people who because of their faith in God did extra ordinary things such as: Jochebed the mother of Moses who hid him instead of allowing him to be killed or Esther who went into the king's presence even though she had not been invited and could have lost her life.

Faith inspires ordinary people to do extra ordinary things because they beleive in the promises of God.

The writer has given enough examples which clearly prove his definition of faith that faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (:1). He would not have enough time to tell all the stories of the people in the history of Israel who showed their overcoming and enduring faith by their actions so he just gives a list of seven names to prove his point.

Although the writer does not use the phrase ''by faith'' in the last nine verses of the chapter each of these ordinary people clearly showed their faith in the promises of God by their actions. The writer focuses on their faith and not their failings.

Leon Morris wrote, ''We find that each man battled against overwhelming odds so that, humanly speaking, there was little chance of his coming out on top. For men in such positions faith in God was not a formality. It meant real trust when the odds seemed stacked against them.''

True faith endures through the challenges and difficulties of life. It does not quit when life is difficult, but continues to persevere. True faith perseveres through the difficulties of life. Gideon - doubted God would use him because of his humble background, but called by God he went with 300 men to ...

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